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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 11, 2019
Category: proper footwear
Tags: Heel Pain   flat feet   Bunions   arthritis   ankle sprains  

With summer temperatures still lingering, flip-flops are a popular choice for footwear. These easy slip-ons are undoubtedly the breeziest shoes you can find to beat the heat. However, are they really a healthy option for your feet?

At Joseph Stuto, DPM we want our clients to be aware of their advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages:

  • Convenience and ease of wearing are two of the most visible pros of flip-flops.
  • They are available in large varieties and usually do not cost a lot.
  • Flip-flops are best suited to protect your feet in places like gym lockers, pool showers, etc.

Disadvantages:

  • They are extremely harmful to the shape of your feet as they provide no support to the arches and expose the heels to excess stress.
  • They do not have the required grip to hold your feet in place. Therefore, chances of tripping or falling are enhanced while wearing flip-flops.
  • Lack of grip forces your toes to hold the strap in between the shoes, increasing the risk of developing bunions.
  • There is also the possibility of developing blisters between the toes due to constant rubbing and friction.
  • Flip-flops are not suitable for extended durations, especially if your day includes a considerable amount of walking or running.
  • They lack shock absorption.

Despite their attractiveness, it’s not advisable to wear these shoes frequently. You may also fall prey to heel pain or plantar fasciitis if you do not limit your use of flip-flops.

In case you are suffering from heel pain or feel any discomfort, we urge you to see your podiatrist for the best care. At Joseph Stuto, DPM, our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto treats a variety of foot and ankle conditions such as arthritis, heel pain, diabetic foot problems, bunions, flat feet, ankle sprains, and sports injuries. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403, New York.

 

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 04, 2019
Category: foot care tips

Our feet are amazingly complex structures, and their functionality is even more intricate. Yet we take our feet for granted and assume mobility as given. However, even the slightest damage or harm to these assets can severely hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks like standing, walking, going from one place to another, even resting.

It won’t come as a surprise that majority of people suffer from at least one foot condition, ranging from bunions, hammertoes, Achilles tendon, heel or arch pain, fractures or sprains, to arthritis, diabetic neuropathy and more.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we advise our patients to adopt a few measures and make them a part of their lifestyle so that they can enjoy their feet to the fullest. Some of the important ones include:

  1. Watch your weight. The heavier you get, the more burdened your feet become, exposing them to problems like flat feet, ankle inflammation, etc.
  2. Wash your feet daily and keep them dry at all times to avoid fungal and bacterial infections.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes that provide ample support to your heel, arch and the balls of your toes. The right size of footwear is equally critical: too tight or too loose will damage your feet either way.
  4. Avoid high heels for longer durations as they tend to squeeze your toes and put excessive stress on the balls of the feet.
  5. Do not use other people’s shoes or socks as that exposes you to the risk of catching multiple infections.
  6. Rest in between intense physical activities; elevate your feet and allow idle time for them to restore any tissue or muscle damage.
  7. Cut your toenails straight to prevent toenail infection and ingrown toenails.

Seek help from our board-certified podiatrist if you notice anything unusual or feel any discomfort. Don’t hesitate to contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Joseph Stuto for more information.

 

 

Summertime brings out open and strappy shoes for men and women alike. However, some people, notably women, may be reluctant to wear summer’s breezy footwear. This may be because of certain foot conditions that are unpleasant either physically or visually.

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, we have identified the most common recurring foot conditions and remedial measures to protect your feet.

  1. Fungal Toenail Infections: If you notice any changes in the color, thickness or texture of your toenails, there is a likelihood that your toenails are infected. While this may not hurt, however, it can spread very quickly to other toenails if not treated in a timely manner. Consult your podiatrist for the most appropriate course of treatment that will depend on the severity of the infection and how far it has spread.
  2. Bunions: This condition is characterized by the protrusion of the bone on the big toe’s joint which pushes the big toe towards the other toes, causing pain and discomfort. If caution is not exercised, the condition will worsen. Get your feet examined by your foot doctor to see if it can be controlled through orthotic devices or if a surgical procedure is required.
  3. Pump Bump: Also known as the “Haglund’s Deformity”, this bump occurs due to constant friction between the back of the heel and the hard walls at the back of the shoes. It is advised to wear backless shoes for a while to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
  4. Hammertoes: This deformity arises mostly due to wearing ill-fitted or constricted shoes for extended periods. The affected toe will tend to bend downwards. Other reasons such as arthritis, injury or nerve damage could also cause this condition. Depending on the severity, your doctor can prescribe toe pads or opt for surgery.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding your feet, contact our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto right away. Visit us or contact our offices located in Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537 and Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and schedule a convenient appointment. Feel free to browse through our patient library and blog section on our website, where we help keep our patients informed on podiatry issues and help them make better decisions regarding their health and well-being.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 19, 2019
Category: foot health

Did you know that an average active person walks roughly 7500 steps in one day? Multiply that by 365 and see how gigantic a task this seems to become for a year! Yet how many of us take out any time to ensure that our feet are healthy and fit? Barely a handful of people!

Not surprisingly, our feet, which are also one of the most complex body parts in terms of bone and muscle structure, are the most neglected and taken for granted.

There are several conditions that affect our feet; the most common ones include:

However, did you know that we humans are not the only ones who can fall prey to these conditions? Recently a baby giraffe in Seattle’s Woodland Zoo was diagnosed with a condition known as “hyperextended fetlocks” in which the rare legs of the giraffe were misaligned, causing it pain and making it difficult for it to walk properly.

Luckily, a team of experts was able to create customized shoes and leg casts to support its feet and lower legs; enabling it to walk in a more stable manner. If it was not for the dedication and hard work of Dr. Tim Storms and a team from Kentucky, that giraffe’s quality of life would have been severely compromised.

It is truly a wonder how many benefits podiatrists are offering us humans and yet we avoid consulting them. Podiatrists can help us adopt a lifestyle that will ensure that our feet are healthy so that we are not deprived of the small pleasures that life has to offer, like walking on the beach, running outdoors, playing sports and merely going from one point to another.

They not only treat and cure foot conditions, but they also prevent long term damage to our feet. So, utilize their services and enjoy your feet (like the baby giraffe did). Schedule your annual foot checkups today with Joseph Stuto, DPM to make sure nothing catches you off guard.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 15, 2019
Category: athritis
Tags: arthritis   Gout   osteoporosis   food  

At Joseph Stuto, DPM, as we progress into the month of May, our commitment to Arthritis Awareness increases steadily. No amount of emphasis on joint protection is enough to capture the importance of the 33 joints that comprise each one of our feet!

With age, the cartilage in these joints can diminish, causing friction between the joints leading to inflammation, pain, and possibly irreparable damage.

Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to pay attention to your foot joints. Here are the three most common risks that they face:

What can you do to care for your joints?

  • Indulge in light but regular physical activity. Exercise flexes the muscles and makes them strong, which ultimately protects the joints from injuries.
  • Warming up before exercising is crucial to prevent your muscles and joints from long-term damage.
  • Excess body weight is harmful to the joints as it exerts extra pressure on the feet. Maintaining or reducing weight to a healthy level is essential for joint protection.
  • Your selection of food also affects your weight and the health of your joints. Certain foods like berries, nuts, and leafy vegetables have anti-inflammatory effects on the joints, making their consumption beneficial. Moreover, avoiding sugary and oily foods is good for your overall health and body weight.
  • Wear protective gear like ankle braces, knee pads and the like when taking part in sports. Avoiding joint injuries right from the start goes a long way against fighting arthritis and similar diseases.

If you are experiencing any joint pain or have suffered an injury, visit our podiatrists at our two convenient office locations in Brooklyn (718) 567-1403 and Brooklyn Heights (718) 624-7537. Please call us and schedule an appointment without any delay. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Joseph Stuto will thoroughly examine your feet and carry out the required treatment accordingly. Be assured that your feet are safe in our hands!